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Smite Xbox One beta registration opened

Beta registration for Smite on Xbox One has opened, inviting all interested in the third-person multiplayer online battle arena (or what the kids call a MOBA) to sign up for a chance at the test. In November, Smite developer Hi-Rez Studios announced plans to launch the Xbox One beta in "early 20...

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Planetside 2 PS4 closed beta goes live Jan. 20

Planetside 2 will finally go to war on PS4, with Sony Online Entertainment announcing the game will enter closed beta on January 20. The beta will be used to test servers, performance and "various other aspects of the game," Executive Producer Clint Worley wrote on the PlayStation Blog. Worley a...

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PSN Update: Infamous First Light, Duke Nukem 3D

A new month means a new handful of games added to the libraries of PlayStation Plus subscribers. Beginning today, Plus members on PS4 can add the Second Son narrative expansion Infamous: First Light and indie darling The Swapper to their digital collection. Also as reported, Duke Nukem 3D: Megat...

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Best of the Rest: Xav's picks of 2014

ATTENTION: The year 2014 has concluded its temporal self-destruct sequence. If you are among the escapees, please join us in salvaging and preserving the best games from the irradiated chrono-debris. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Set aside your cries of it being a glorified demo; you'll...

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Joystiq Top 10 of 2014: Far Cry 4

ATTENTION: The year 2014 has concluded its temporal self-destruct sequence. If you are among the escapees, please join us in salvaging and preserving the best games from the irradiated chrono-debris. Far Cry 4 tells the story of a despondent man visiting a foreign land, just as hopeless, to fulf...

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Off the Grid: Golem Arcana

Following its successful Shadowrun revival Kickstarter, developer Harebrained Schemes set its sights on a new crowdfunded project: a miniature tabletop game and mobile app hybrid. That game is Golem Arcana, which launched earlier this year. Utilizing an infrared stylus and specialty app, pla...

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Xbox Live, PSN suffer outages in apparent denial of service attack [Update]

Update: In a tweet early this morning, PlayStation support wrote: "PS4, PS3, and Vita network services are gradually coming back online – thanks for your patience." Save for some apps experiencing issues, Xbox Live appears to have been cleared of connectivity problems. Original Post: The G...

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Gaming off the grid: Video game-inspired board games

If you're looking for family fun but don't want to stray too far from the video game franchises you know and love, tabletop gaming may be the perfect alternative for you this holiday season. While there are countless (and not very entertaining) licensed board games available at big box retailers...

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2K discounts iOS XCOM: Enemy Within, BioShock, Civ Rev 2

Warm yourself by the holiday fire with a blanket, a warm cup of cocoa and a good discounted mobile app. Publisher 2K games is offering its biggest apps for discounted prices beginning today, including savings on Civilization Revolution 2 for $7.99 (down from $14.99), BioShock for $4.99 (down fro...

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Code Name: STEAM video preview

In 2015, developer Intelligent Systems invites you through a tour of history where Abraham Lincoln teams up with the likes of The Cowardly Lion and Tom Sawyer to battle aliens in a steampunk-powered world. See what happens when you miss history class?! Code Name: STEAM arrives on the 3DS on...

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